When it comes to Amish fiction, few names are as big as Wanda Brunstetter, who has sold more than 5 million copies of her books.
Her award-winning Amish bestsellers portray a simpler, more peaceful life—something the author feels we all need in our complicated world. “I believe Amish fiction is popular because in our fast-paced, modern world, most people are seeking to slow down and find meaning in relationships rather than things,” Wanda says. “There are many things we can learn from the Amish way of life and then incorporate into our own way of living. One of those is strengthening family ties and spending more time in prayer and meditation, which strengthens our faith in God.”
One reason Wanda’s books remain favorites of Amish fiction readers is that her novels ring with truth—thanks in part to her connections to the Amish community through her family heritage.
“I try to depict the Amish as close to the way they live as possible. Someone reading my books will not only learn about the various customs of the Amish, but [also] that the Amish are like us in many ways and experience the same kinds of feelings when faced with trials and temptations. I hope my readers will also learn to incorporate some of the Amish ways into their own lives.”